Beadsmans fingers

generally a pensioner or almsman whose duty it was to pray for his benefactor. In Scotland there were public almsmen supported by the king and expected in return to pray for his welfare and that of the state. These men wore long blue gowns with a pewter badge on the right arm, and were nicknamed Blue Gowns. Their number corresponded to the king's years, an extra one being added each royal birthday. They were privileged to ask alms throughout Scotland. On the king's birthday each bedesman received a new blue gown, a loaf, a bottle of ale, and a leathern purse containing a penny for every year of the king's life. On the pewter badge which they wore were their name and the words "pass and repass," which authorized them to ask alms. In 1833 the appointment of bedesmen was stopped. In 1863 the last payment was paid to a bedesman. In consequence of its use in this general sense of pensioner, "bedesman" was long used in English as equivalent to "servant." The word had a special sense as the name for those almsmen attached to cathedral and other churches, whose duty it was to pray for the souls of deceased benefactors. A relic of pre-Reformation times, these old men still figure in the accounts of English cathedrals -------------------------------------------------- ST. AGNES EveAh, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold; The hare limpd trembling through the frozen grass, And silent was the flock in woolly fold: Numb were the Beadsmans fingers, while he told 5 His rosary, and while his frosted breath, Like pious incense from a censer old, Seemd taking flight for heaven, without a death, Past the sweet Virgins picture, while his prayer he saith. II. His prayer he saith, this patient, holy man; 10 Then takes his lamp, and riseth from his knees, And back returneth, meagre, barefoot, wan, Along the chapel aisle by slow degrees: The sculpturd dead, on each side, seem to freeze, Emprisond in black, purgatorial rails: 15 Knights, ladies, praying in dumb oratries, He passeth by; and his weak spirit fails To think how they may ache in icy hoods and mails. (for full poem visit there.... ------------------------------------------------- Beadsmans fingers........... Christmas days coming ,we must give some pennies to them ---------------------- Need some help from everybody!!!! THNKS

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Analua 08 Dec 2006

Excelent creative work!!!!

Terry Bassett 07 Dec 2006

Nice one Kostas.. thanks also for the most interesting text... it was very informative! :-)

Anonymous Guest 29 Nov 2006

An amazing work and concept!!! Inspiring!

Alberto D'Assumpcao 27 Nov 2006

Very clever concept, Kostas! Splendid design!

bianca 27 Nov 2006

FANTASTIC....kostas my friend this is awsome....I am so glad to see this...incredible art....:)